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Damaged buildings at Phil Campbell HS to be demolished

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Phil Campbell High School was badly damaged in the April 2011 tornado outbreak. Phil Campbell High School was badly damaged in the April 2011 tornado outbreak.
PHIL CAMPBELL, AL (WAFF) -

Phil Campbell High School is about to hit a major milestone - the demolition of some of the buildings that were damaged in the April 27 tornadoes.

"It's kind of bittersweet. It's sad to see it go because the building has meant so much, but at the same time, we're excited to get something new, especially for the kids," said Theresa Garrad, JV Cheer Coach.

Since April 2011, the high school has sat in the middle of town, severely damaged, but untouched by any construction crews, while students, faculty and staff cram into portable units.

"It has been an eyesore. It's been there, and the longer it sits, the worse it looks. They've adjusted well, but it's been rough on them functioning out of these mobile units," said Garrad.

Phil Campbell native Theresa Garrad has an even closer connection to the school.

The Nelda W. Moss Gymnasium was named after her mother who taught there for nearly 40 years and coached for 43.

"I was raised in that school. Pretty much every waking moment we were there with her," she said. "It's been tough on her because that's like watching her home come down, but at the same time, we know there are bigger and better things to come and the kids deserve it - the town deserves it."

Garrad said she will always cherish the memories of what will soon be called the "old high school" and is looking forward to a brighter future for the children of Phil Campbell.

"We know it's going to be a wonderful, wonderful addition to the town," said Garrad.

Demolition of the school is set to begin Tuesday, July 24 at 9 a.m.

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